Scott C. Stump
Scott served 4 1/2 years as an Infantryman in The U.S. Marine Corps. Scott served 6 months in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Scott is a partner with IllustrateMyLife.com and lives in Waynesville, NC with his wife, Robin, and his son, Scotty, and daughter, Emmy. He is a member of AMVETS, 19-year member of The American Legion, as well as a life member of The V.F.W.
Bob is a former Navy Radioman with four years of service (1987-1991) and proudly served aboard the USS Caron (DD-970) leading up to, during, and after Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After his military service, Bob went on to complete his education and earned a Bachelors in Science Information Technology; Master’s in Business Administration, and Masters of Psychology. Today, Bob is a proud father of his daughter and works as an IT Project Manager with the United States Department of Agriculture in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, he is a 22 year lifetime member of the VFW.
Bill Carragan, BSIT, MBA, has worked in the Information Technology field since 1996. He currently works as the Director of Technical Services for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, Louisiana. He manages many inter- and intra-agency projects involving the Criminal Justice System. He also manages all day-to-day technical aspects of his office.
Bill served honorably in the Louisiana Army National Guard in the field artillery unit as a forward observer.
He resides in Marrero, Louisiana with his wife Sandy. They have two children: a son Billy, and a daughter, Carissa. He spends much of his free time camping with family and friends.
Kyle B. Leggs
Design Committee Chair
Kyle B. Leggs is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel who served 21 years as a Transportation Corps Officer in the United States Army Reserves from 1986 to 2007. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was deployed to and served in South West Asia from September 13, 1990 to May 25, 1991. He served as a First Lieutenant with the 200 TC Detachment and supervised Movement Control Operations for thousands of soldiers. He is a native of Baltimore, MD where he has worked as a City Planner for 19 years, and is married with one son who is a Flight Medic in the Air National Guard, has one daughter, and one granddaughter. He is also a member of the American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, NABVETS, and a lifetime member of the MSU ROTC Alumni Association.
Jeff Kurczek, CPA, MBA
CFO & Treasurer
Jeff has worked in the Accounting field since 1996. He is currently employed as a Certified Public Accountant for Dillard Department Stores, Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jeff served on active duty as an infantryman with the 5th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment ("Manchu"), 6th Infantry Division ("Light") in Fort Wainwright, Alaska from 1987 through 1990. Jeff also served on active duty with the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard in support of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991.
He resides in North Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Leslie and daughter Lauren. Jeff enjoys the outdoors and spends his free time hunting and fishing.
Natasha Kukunaokala Sloan
Public Relations Committee Vice Chair
Natasha is the daughter of Desert Storm and Vietnam Veteran Col Frederick Helm, and niece of P.N.C. Mike Helm of the American Legion. Born in Texas, she traveled to many states as an "Army Brat" before settling in Hawai'i when her father retired. There, she attended the University of Hawai'i, majoring in both Japanese and History. Natasha has worked in Sales Management and Marketing for over 18 years; and is currently with the Esteé Lauder Companies under Aveda, she also Co-owns a successful plumbing contracting business with her husband. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and is passionate about Veteran affairs. Natasha lives in North Carolina with her husband Andrew, and 3 rescue dogs.
Kent A. Shively
Design Committee Vice Chair
Kent A. Shively served in the United States Marines Corps and Marine Corps Reserves from 1985 through 1991. On 1 January 1991, his unit, 3rd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment, was deployed to South West Asia as part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon returning to the United States, Kent received an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in June 1991.
Currently, Kent resides in Kokomo, Indiana with his wife Trisha. They have two children, a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Andrew, who graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training in the fall of 2010. Kent is the owner of Shannon Door Company, an interior door and architectural millwork supplier located in Carmel, Indiana.
Cee Freeman is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was deployed to and served in South West Asia from August 23, 1990 to April 1, 1991. He served with the 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division. While attending college, Cee served in Co G 143d Infantry (LRS) of the Texas Army National Guard. After his military service he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Le Tourneau University in 1998. He is a native of Houston, TX where he is the Vice President and co-owner of Maco Construction, a Design Build Construction Management Firm. He and his wife, Kristi have a son Justin, and a daughter Madyson. He is also a member of the VFW, and a lifetime member of the 82d Airborne Association.
Brenten T. Byrd, M.S., CPS
Communications Committee Chair
Brenten T. Byrd, M.S., CPS, has worked in the mental health field since the mid 1990’s. He currently works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the Veterans Administration in their Psychiatry Department. He manages the Transitional Work Program under the Compensated Work Therapy programs for the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Brenten served honorably in the Marine Corps Reserves in the infantry as a noncommissioned officer and as an officer in the Army National Guard. He is a life member of the VFW and is a veteran of Desert Storm. He volunteers as an emergency responder for his hospital’s Decontamination Team and as a staff trainer for the prevention and management of disruptive behavior. He also serves on the board of directors as President for the VA Employees Association. He lives with his two sons in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area and spends much of his free time boating with family and friends on Beaver Lake
Development Lead: Merchandise and Fulfillment
Michael Young is a native of Des Moines, Iowa where he continues to lives with his wife, Kristina, of 23 years and their three children.
Mr Young served in the Marine Corps in 1990 - 1994. He served with aviation units on Okinawa, Japan during the Gulf War later serving in Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope.
In addition to working with National Desert Storm War Memorial Assn he is an amateur historian and been running his own group on Desert Storm history for five years. He is Co-Admin for the Marine Somalia Veterans Association; president of a 504 non profit corporation that supports JROTC units in his local community; member of the Access Advisory Board for the City of Des Moines for the past 8 years addressing ADA compliance and issues; additionally he participates with the Polk County EMS on it Multi-Disciplinary Emergency Planning Committee.
Mr Young has nearly 20 years of event and audio visual production experience. He attended William Penn University and has a AA in Leadership Studies and BA in Business Management. He is a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Tim served in the U.S. Army for thirteen years. His first duty assignment was with the 3rd Armor Division in Germany with the 369th Personnel Services Company. In November 1990 his unit was assigned to the 7th Personnel Group to support the VII Corps mobilization to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield. During Desert Storm, Tim was attached to the 410th Evacuation Hospital as a Casualty Report Liaison. After Desert Storm, Tim enjoyed assignments to Ft. Hood Texas and SHAPE Belgium. Tim was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2000.
Tim was born at Martin Army Hospital, Ft. Benning Georgia. Both of his parents were military, his mother was in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and his father was in the Air Force. He now serves as CEO and founder of Content Chord, a cloud based marketing services company in Alpharetta Georgia. He and his wife, Susan have two sons; Devin and Liam. Tim is a member of the American Legion, AMVETS, Life Member of Disabled American Veterans and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
"Without the commitment, belief, and giving of the following individuals, the first step in creating the National Desert Storm Memorial would never have been taken. We owe them our gratitude and thanks for their belief in this honorable undertaking."
Development Lead for the State of Illinois:
Fund raising Liaison for the State of Texas:
Steve & Cheryl Ward
Kent & Trisha Shively
Norman “Chip” Hunt
John & Stephanie Jordan
Jason & Gwynne Spann
Scott & Robin Stump
Congressman Dr. Phil Roe – Legislative Liaison
Joyce Donathan – Honorary Board Member
Additionally as we progress towards fulfilling our vision of a National War Memorial we will be adding volunteer staff. Our efforts would not be possible without the support and dedication of these volunteers:
Emil Abrahamian – Good Will Ambassador
and Special Advisor to NDSWM Kumu Gupta
Desert Storm veterans holding a customized Desert Storm illustration that they presented to President George H.W. Bush at the International Desert Storm Reunion in College Station, TX, on January 19, 2011.